Partnership in Mission is a program developed by the Parish Life Commission and the Archdiocesan Mission Office to promote parish "twinning". The purpose is to seek a faith-filled relationship with another Catholic community outside of the parish. It requires an openness to recognize and accept the gifts that our two communities have to share. We "twin" with the Sisters of Divine Providence in Madagascar. Missions are of special significance to our parish since St. Therese is the patroness of Missions.
Photos and article from the 2011 Madagascar trip taken by members of Little Flower:
"We woke @ 8am and ate a simple breakfast of tea and bread. Sr. Marie Paule gave a wonderful tour of the convent garden – cashew trees, cotton, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, herbs and scores of flowers. But quickly we were off and running to our next village. We thought we would only be on the road for three hours, but as life in Madagascar goes, it would end up taking us about 6 hours. However, the pit stop was well worth it because we met the chief of a new village called ANKARAMIKELY. Sr. Marie Paule knew the chief and he came out to join us along with many shy villagers. The chief was hoping to convince Sister to bring teachers to the village. He and the elders said they wished for a better life for their children. Sr. Marie had struck a deal with them; they needed to show that they were committed by building the school and then she would help by providing the teacher and supplies. The chief also informed her that recently 70 of their cattle, called zebu, had been stolen and this had a huge economic impact on the villagers. Well, it didn’t take long for our crew of travelers to decide that this was the next village that we needed to help. So, we are raising funds to replace some of the zebu at a $100 apiece. The chief was elated by our visit. He thanked God for guiding us there. He said, “We know now that we are not lost. The distance was great but you came anyway. It’s clear you have much love for us and we have much joy in our hearts for you. Thank you for your journey. We are happy because we both walk with Him.”
Submitted by Kathy Shannon
Photos submitted by Jodi Knollman